The third Sutton Cycle Forum of 2018 (and the eleventh since the borough’s Cycling Strategy was approved in November 2015, and subsequently published in February 2016) took place on 10 July 2018 at the offices of Sutton Council, Denmark Road.
Notes on the previous forum meeting, held on 10 April 2018, are available in Sutton Cycle Forum April 2018.
The following agenda for the April meeting had been received on 4 July 2018:
- Minutes of last meeting [10 April 2018]
- Schemes update
- LIP3 – 3 year plan
- What will get more people cycling?
- Date of next meeting – suggest 23rd October 2018
- Any Other Business
A ‘Schemes Update’ document (July 2018) had been provided to Cycle Forum attendees as an email attachment on 5 July (the contents of which is discussed in ‘3: Borough schemes updates by Local Committee area’ below).
‘Local Implementation Plan – Traffic schemes for 2019/20’ documentation, specific to all six local committee areas, was also available prior to the meeting through the local committees meeting pages (see ‘First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton‘).
The meeting was chaired by Lynn Robinson (Kingston and Sutton Shared Services, with responsibility for two Local Committee areas (Cheam North and Worcester Park; Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont)). Also present: Hitesh Wadher (Kingston and Sutton Shared Services, with responsibility for two Local Committee areas (Sutton; St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley)); Ian Baker (Team Leader – Parking (Kingston) and Sustainable Transport, Kingston and Sutton Shared Services); Paul Garside (Kingston and Sutton Shared Services, Senior Travel Planner), plus cycling group representatives John Kinnear, Charles Martin, Colin Quemby, Shirley Quemby, Michael To. Apologies had been received from Cllr. Manual Abellan (Liberal Democrat, Beddington South, Chair Environment and Neighbourhood Committee; Cycling Champion). [Cllr. Abellan had taken on the role of Chair E&N Committee in June 2018, a position previously held by Cllr. Jill Whitehead].
2: Headlines from the July 2018 Cycle Forum
The good news
There was anticipation that a new member of staff would shortly be working for Kingston and Sutton shared services, following the departure of Leigh Gravenor in May 2018. (The role of Sustainable Transport Officer was subsequently taken on by Gemma Sugarman, who attended (and chaired) the Sutton Cycle Forum meeting for the first time in November 2018).
The phrase Healthy Streets Approach is beginning to appear in the ‘Schemes Update’ documentation (reflecting the third Local Implementation Plan – see below). Appearing in some schemes, that is, but not all. As will be seen, councillors are still not happy with the idea of filtered permeability (especially if its introduction requires changes to kerb-side parking as discussed later when considering the Quietways update). In some cases, councillors are blocking the introduction of 20mph (more on this in the scheme update on Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont). Interestingly, some roads in Carshalton have had temporarily restrictions on access recently in order for major utility works to be carried out (examples being Grosvenor Avenue (Carshalton and Clockhouse) and Downside Road (Sutton South)). It would be fabulous to think the council was using these closures, and others like them, as a case study to gather peoples views (something that has been raised by us in the past (August 2016), and a point we made again in this tweet posted on 10 June 2018 and in this tweet posted on 1 July 2018). What are the issues when access to a residential street is changed? It would be useful to know for future reference, and such opportunities need to be taken.
It was good to see the Third Local Implementation Plan on the agenda. However, little detail was provided at the meeting in regard to any of the scheme plans proposed for the next financial year (2019-2020), as recently presented to Local Committees (see ‘First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton‘). It was, however, noted that ‘speed reduction’ and ‘through traffic concerns’ appeared several times in the proposed 2019-2020 schemes. It was also noted that Sutton would be consulting on its draft third LIP in November, to be subsequently submitted to TfL. LIP3 will include new targets around ‘Vision Zero’, lower emissions and traffic reduction, as detailed in the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Officers are looking at the Guidance for Borough Officers on Developing the Third Local Implementation Plan to ensure future schemes are set to deliver the outcomes of the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy and therefore are eligible for funding. Healthy Streets and bigger schemes are part of this.
The What will get more people cycling? item made for an interesting discussion. A good question, but the answer has been know for some time. We made reference to the Smarter Travel Sutton (2007-2009) Legacy Report (Smarter Travel Sutton Legacy). This details the top five priorities that respondents suggested at the time were the ‘preferred measures to encourage cycling’ (paragraph 2.5, table 2). Here is the list in reverse order (with number of responses given alongside):
5th: More direct / convenient cycle routes (18)
4th: Better / more cycle parking (22)
3rd: Less traffic / lower speeds (25)
2nd: Segregated cycle tracks (26)
1st: Better provision for cyclists at junctons and crossings (28)
Clearly, for cycling to be seen by most people as an appealing and attractive travel option, these are the areas that need to be addressed. This is a point we had made in correspondence with Cllr. Tony Shields (Sutton South, Conservative) on 4 July 2018, regarding our ‘Money to improve the neighbourhoods you represent’ letter to councillors. Cllr Shield had said in an earlier reply that “if we were serious about getting people on their bikes we absolutely must address the road surfaces and cleanliness to assist us in promoting cycling”. Important, yes, but there is more to it than that Tony. Essentially, the requirements to get more people cycling are low traffic neighbourhoods and high-quality, fit for purpose, infrastructure.
Consulting, and engaging, with younger people who can’t drive, was also suggested during the discussion on how to get more people cycling. This is all about looking at a wider demographic. In reply, reference was made to the request from pupils at Carshalton Boys School for a pedestrian crossing to be installed on Wrythe Lane. All good, but this facility subsequently took two years to deliver (see scheme updates for the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee below).
We noted, again, that research relating to the propensity to cycle, and reported on in the Analysis of Cycling Potential 2016 report, Sutton has the highest number of potentially cyclable trips per resident (1.2) of any London borough. In theory, that statistic would suggest that increasing the take-up of cycling in our borough should be relatively easier than elsewhere.
It was also good to learn that TfL is now saying don’t look purely at casualty data (accident hotspots) as a reason for doing things, but rather look at perceptions – does it feel safe? If it does not feel safe, then something needs to be done. Thank goodness that has been recognised at last!
The not so good news
The Agenda was devoid of any mention of the borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy or Cycling Strategy. This absence was particularly noticeable on this occasion, given that the annual updates to these reports has been presented just a few days earlier to members of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at their meeting on 28 June 2018.
Another topic that was expected to be on the Agenda, given the ‘good news’ headline it produced at the last Cycle Forum in April 2018, was progress on the development of a Cycle Network Plan for the borough. As the main proposer for the this plan was Leigh G, and as Leigh no longer works for Kingston and Sutton Shared services, the failure to take the Cycle Network Plan forward probably comes down to a resourcing issue. Very unfortunate.
The major Beddington Lane project was not an agenda item either. It should have been, as Beddington Lane is a major scheme and was not therefore included in the, essentially LIP, ‘schemes update’ document. Beddington Lane was briefly discussed though, see borough updates below.
A big disappointment arising from the July 2018 Cycle Forum was receiving the confirmation, from the officer responsible for the St Helier, the Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee area, that there would be no monitoring of cycling levels of usage on Green Wrythe Lane. We had originally suggested, at the Cycle Forum held in April 2017, that obtaining feedback on this “major” project (a project with a “construction” period spanning almost six years between late 2012 to early 2018) would be a useful, and meaningful, exercise. After all, monitoring (and engagement with residents) post-delivery may provide the evidence to prove us wrong in our thinking that this conversion would not result in any measurable increase in the number of people cycling (as noted in our response to the original consultation in August 2014). It would also be interesting to know, at the very least, whether or not residents valued the wider footway outside their properties, or had any concerns over sharing the space with people cycling. In April 2017, we were told that this request for monitoring would be considered. We then asked for updates on the progress on the monitoring review at each of the four subsequent Cycle Forum meetings held in July 2017, September 2017 (when monitoring became an ‘outstanding action’), January 2018 and April 2018. On each occasion heads had nodded, with the assurance that monitoring of Green Wrythe Lane had not been forgotten. Now, fifteen months later, we learn it is not going to happen. And worse than that – it has taken six meetings, six times of asking, to get to this point. And that really tells you all you need to know about the effectiveness of Sutton’s Cycle Forum.
Incidentally, we forgot to ask the offcier about the TfL Healthy Streets seminar that, according to our discussions at the April 2018 Cycle Forum, he was attending on 27 April. Perhaps he had intended to tell us, excitedly, about the experience, but it had slipped his mind. Who knows? We also forgot to ask Lynn Robinson if she had attended a conference on Liveable Neighbourhoods, hosted by LCC, and to which she had been invited, on the 13 June at the Guildhall prior to the London Cycling Awards 2018. Nothing said about it, so presumably not. Cycling Champion, Cllr. Abellan, was not present at today’s Cycle Forum meeting to let us know whether he attended an event hosted by Sustrans, aimed at councillors, on 12 June (‘How can councillors deliver streets for people?‘ Sustrans, 20 June 2018). It is hoped he will be able to make the next Cycle Forum meeting in October, scheduled to a day of the week that is more suitable for him.
There is still no news on the setting-up of an ‘Internal Cycling Advisory Group‘, the establishment of which was an action in the 2015 Cycling Strategy. So we asked today for this to be a standing item on the agenda. This advisory group is needed because there is little evidence to suggest that cross-department working within the council on cycling (from health benefits to parking) is actually happening.
The Quietways (north/south between Morden and Sutton, and east/west between Worcester Park and Sutton (later extended to link with Croydon)), are essentially still on hold. Councillors have not made a commitment to point closures (modal filtering) on the north/south route (LCN 29), as there are concerns around loss of some kerb-side parking. Therefore further consultation with residents remains on hold. Sustrans is discussing filtering with TfL for the east/west Worcester Park route (LCN 75), and have shown a preference for the alignment of this route near Sutton town centre as Collingwood Road into Bushy Road and path to Crown Road (different from the current LCN 75 which uses Greenford Road). (The Sainsbury’s development adjacent to the Bushy Road – Crown Road path, was a wasted opportunity to do something better here). There is no funding this year for the Worcester Park route, but funding will be available from 2019. Route options east of Sutton through to Croydon still under negotiation. Parking Strategy to work in conjunction with cycle schemes and Quietways.
Liveable Neighbourhoods. Opportunity Sutton leading on bid, likely to be around Sutton Town Centre because of projected growth in the area. Basic bid still in early stage. Sustrans have offered to help write it. (There is the expectation that the Council will submit a bid later in 2018 (as implied in Cllr. Whitehead’s reply to a question submitted by Cllr. Garratt in January 2018))
The council’s view on the k-frame barrier at Watermead Lane, part of the National Cycle Network and Wandle Trail (Wandle Valley ward), is that the barrier is staying. (Blogger Last Not Lost, provided a good overview in Sutton Council: “We never assessed impact of K-frame barrier on disabled cyclists” (Last Not Lost, 26 June 2018)). It looks as though someone shouted loudly (about loud motorbikes), and so councillors, in order to keep the peace and quickly deal with the issue, reacted by requesting a barrier. Interestingly, the council have no data on when, or how often, this anti-social behaviour was taking place. Sustrans had, quite rightly, been unhappy about the lack of consultation before the council went ahead with the installation of the barrier.
At today’s meeting, Get Sutton Cycling made it known that we would formally continue to campaign for the k-frame barrier on Watermead Lane to be removed. The primary reason for this being that the k-frame discourages the use of adapted cycles (which may include people with disabilities, and those cycling with child cycle trailers). [Update: the subsequent publication of ‘Paths for Everyone: National Cycle Network review and action plan for London’ (Sustrans, November 2018), one of a series of action plans that set out the condition of the Network and highlight the improvements needed to make it truly a network for everyone, should help in this regard].
There is still disappointment regarding the, albeit temporary, restriction on the cycle path (or rather, ‘the’ cycle path linking London with Paris) adjacent to Corbet Close (Wandle Valley ward). On 5 April 2018, @Stroppycow posted this tweet, and on 14 June 2018 we posted a tweet about this location too. The point being that access to this path could have been managed in a much better way by the developers during the construction of the new housing. What does this tell us about the priority given to walking and cycling in the here and now?
An issue that continues to undermine the Cycle Forum is that the focus tends to be on the items listed in the ‘Schemes Update’ document, when often there is very little to actually update on anyway. Meanwhile, any news that may be of some interest, or provide some additional merit, is not mentioned. There was an example of this today. After the meeting had ended, we heard, in passing, that new Bikehangars were likely to be installed in Mulgrave Road (Sutton South) and Central Road (Worcester Park). It would have been so much better to have had this news announced at the start of the meeting, to help get things off on a positive and upbeat note!
Another issue with the ‘Schemes Update’ document is that although the projects are grouped by financial year, the individual schemes are seemingly listed in a random order (which then have to be unpicked for this report where the schemes are more sensibly listed by Local Committee area). Some schemes simply disappear from the update altogether and without any explanation (so can get forgotten about), or get mixed-up (an example being ‘Butter Hill’ which in April 2018 referred to the scheme at Butter Hill by Mill Lane, but this time referred to the proposed 20mph on streets adjacent to Butter Hill), or items remain (or reappear) on the update long after the scheme has been completed. On occasion the indicated status of the scheme does not match the provided update (e.g. status is “complete”, whereas the update reads “preliminary proposals prepared” (see Wrythe Lane in section 3). Consequently, it is hoped that the ‘Schemes Update’ documentation can be improved upon in the future.
We hope to publish the council’s quite comprehensive review of our 2014 Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (made available to us, but not publicly, in 2015) in the coming months.
3: Borough scheme updates by Local Committee area
The notes to previous Cycle Forum meetings contain some more detail on many of the schemes outlined here. In this review, the schemes are considered on an area by area basis (the six Local Committee areas). The specific financial years, to which the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) schemes relate (if appropriate), are noted in the text.
Beddington and Wallington
The big project in Beddington and Wallington remains the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme for Beddington Lane. (This is outside the remit of the LIP programme). It was noted that most of Beddington Lane had now been lightly resurfaced, which was an improvement, and that there was currently some work underway near the Asda store. In theory, phase one of the project had been due for completion in May 2018. The project has been delayed by around nine months, due in part perhaps to consultation on crossing points (involving the replacement of signalised crossings with non-signalised crossings). Although the proposed crossings will separate the pedestrian and cycling space, through parallel crossings, there is some concern regarding the loss of signalised control on such a busy road. It will be interesting to see how this develops. Watch this space.
Stafford Road / Woodcote Road intersection in Wallington (Wallington South) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. This 2016-2017 safety scheme is still “ongoing”. “Safety scheme being investigated. WSP modelling the junction. Liaising with TfL. Will link with Wallington N/S route scheme. Consultation will follow modelling.”
North/South Cycle Route 2017-2018 scheme, with status ongoing. At the January 2018 Cycle Forum, assurance was given that the Stafford Road / Woodcote Road scheme would be designed with consideration to a north-south cycle route [Open Street Map and Google Streetview] (a 2017-2018 scheme) to run parallel to Woodcote Road, and that designs will be shared with the forum. There was no change to the previous update, as given at the April 2018 Cycle Forum, on this north-south route. “Wallington North/South Cycle route – parallel to Woodcote Road and manor Road. The route is Bute Road / Belmont Road / Bridge Road / Clarendon Road / Onslow Gardens”. No report either on Ross Parade/Clarendon Road/Ross Road [Open Street Map] which “needs to be added” within the north-south remit. No report on the April 2018 ACTION: ‘Ian Price to provide update on where designs at’.
Foresters Drive (between Sandy Lane and Mollison Drive) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. This 2017-2018 scheme is “ongoing’, with no change to the update given in April 2018. “This section of highway has had six accidents in the last three years. The junction with Sandy Lane South and Waterer Rise has had minor improvements over the years but complaints are still being received from road users. The road has a 30mph speed limit with an average carriageway width of 9m. There is currently a proposal to introduce a safer crossing point on Mollison Drive between The Newlands and Mollison Drive as this section has an existing cycle route”. If our 2014 Space for Cycling ‘ward ask’ for the Beddington South been delivered (supported by all three ward councillors at the time), the issues here this would have largely been resolved by now.
Tharp Road [Open Street Map] “proposed one-way working” now appears as a LIP 2018-2019 scheme at the feasibility stage. Funding has been allocated, and councillors are keen for it to happen. Unfortunately, as discussed in No room for bikes: how Tharp Road could show borough-wide failure for cycling (January 2017), councillors appear to have overlooked the fact that Tharp Road is part of the London Cycling Network. Tharp Road, when parked-up, is too narrow for a cycling contraflow. Here is a reminder of the update in April 2018: “The Forum said Tharp Rd is part of the Cycle Network and should be highlighted to residents as such in the 2018/19 scheme. While residents want it 1 way it is a cycle route so cycle access must be considered. SQ was concerned that speeds would increase if the road were made 1 way. CQ pointed out that the alternative cycle route was not good“. ACTION: IP to take on board comments about Tharp Road. (Whether on not the April 2018 action for IP “to take onboard comments about Tharp Road” was realised is not know, as nothing further was reported on this particular aspect). [It is noted that nearby Clyde Road/Ross Road (Wallington North) is included for 2019-2020 LIP (see First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton) as a scheme for area-wide improvements to deliver “improved pedestrian routes within the area, and address through traffic and speed related concerns”. This was not, however, included in the ‘Schemes Update’ document prepared for this July 2018 Cycle Forum. It would be useful to look at the two areas together].
Butter Hill, Leachcroft Road and Caledon Road (Wallington North) [Open Street Map] A 2016-2017 scheme. Update: ongoing. “20mph zone consultation to be undertaken”.
The Chase (Beddington North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] New for 2018-2019, feasibility stage: “New zebra crossing to be installed during school holidays”. This is believed to be an upgrade of an existing, no signalised, crossing at the bequest of the Head of Highview Primary School. The reason? Possibly too much traffic on what should be a quiet street? There had been some considerable opposition from some residents to the idea of a zebra crossing (believed to have been around concern over losing kerb-side parking space), and a petition had been sent to the council. It is good that the discussion has been had, and issues resolved (hopefully), although, again, another lost opportunity to discuss low-traffic neighbourhoods.
Plough Lane area (Beddington South) (Open Street Map | Google Streetview] New for 2018-2019, feasibility stage: “Area based scheme with Healthy Streets Approach“.
Carshalton and Clockhouse
There are currently no cycle-specific proposals for this local committee area.
Butter Hill by Mill Lane (Carshalton Central) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview] (2017-2018). No update given on this completed scheme, a scheme designed to provide an improved crossing for those on foot but which unfortunately has not benefited those cycling. Plans had not been shown to the Cycle Forum, despite having been told that the plans would be brought to the Forum for consideration before a decision was made (inline with the borough’s Cycling Strategy policy). As noted at the April 2018 Forum: “HW to check all schemes going to LCC and Cycling UK and share best practice with colleagues”, so hopefully lessons have been learned.
No change to the April 2018 update given regarding a proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit around Stanley Park High School (Carshalton South and Clockhouse) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. This 2017-2018 scheme is noted as “ongoing”, with the supporting text “A 20mph area is proposed for the road network surrounding Stanley Park High School to encourage cycling and walking and create a safer environment for all road users”. The ‘schemes update’ documentation now also includes, for 2018-2019, “an area based scheme on the Healthy Streets Approach – improved crossing points, 20mph limits” (feasibility stage) for the Stanley Park Road / Beeches Avenue area. (A reminder that our Space for Cycling ‘ward ask’ for Carshalton South and Clockhouse in 2014 noted that “There is a lot of potential for access improvements to Stanley Park High School by bicycle, and this requires a review and audit for suitability of many local streets”. This included the idea that Fountain Drive being redesigned as a linear park. Two of the three ward councillors supported the ask at the time. Does not appear to have made any difference).
Cheam North and Worcester Park
There are currently no cycle-specific proposals for this local committee area.
Cheam Common Junior School area (Nonsuch) [Open Street Map] A 2017-2018 scheme. Update: Complete. “20mph area and zebra went operational from 19th March 2018” (so should really have been reported as such at the April 2018 Forum). However, at today’s meeting asked about the issue raised by a resident of Kingsmead Avenue regarding speeding traffic (and our count of traffic), and whether consideration filtered permeability had been considered. Excuse given for this not happening was that access by refuse lorries would be difficult. Not a very compelling excuse though. As we learned from the talk about Waltham Forest mini-Holland on 1 July 2018, this issue (which really is not an issue) has been managed successfully elsewhere.
Church Hill Road and surrounding streets (Nonsuch) [Open Street Map] A 2017-2018 scheme. Update: Complete. “20mph zone to be implemented in June 2018. 20mph zone enforceable from 2 July 2018”. (However, traffic volume here is still an issue). Nearby Lumley Road (a known rat-run, the Cheam Village northern bypass) was one street that had reduced access for short periods recently to facilitate resurfacing and entry treatment work. Diversions went in, life went on (apparently with complaints to the council about missed deliveries – a temporary issue that should not detract from the bigger issues). Our tweet from 1 July 2018 has more. Following a recent major collision at the intersection of Lumley Road with St. Dunstan’s Hill (A217), traffic turn-right bans may be introduced (A217 into Lumley Road, and Lumley Road on to A217). Sutton Guardian reports in Lumley Road crash: Fresh road safety calls emerge after incident (22 May 2018) and Lumley Road could have new safety measures after residents voice concerns (12 February 2019).
Brookfield Primary School (Stonecot) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Update: ongoing. “This safe routes to school scheme will involve close working with the school and their travel plan. Consultation to be undertaken in August / September 2018”.
Central Road (Worcester Park) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. New for 2018-2019, feasibility stage. “Designing a scheme to reduce congestion and improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport”.
Windsor Avenue / Henley Avenue area (Stonecot) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. New for 2018-2019, feasibility stage. “Design and consultation this year of an area using the Healthy Streets Approach“.
St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley
Middleton Road (Wandle Valley): For the background on the original proposals for this 2017-2018 scheme, and why they were shelved, see the notes to Cycle Forum April 2018. This scheme now just relates to repainting the advisory lanes on Middleton Road. In reporting terms the scheme for Middleton Road has become a proposal for Budge Lane (at intersection with Middleton Road) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] (The Wrythe ward). Update: (Repainting on Middleton Road) complete. “The NCN and Wandle trail crosses Middleton Road near Budge Lane on a Toucan crossing. Possible highway improvements around this crossing”. Essentially, the action from April 2018, ‘HW to see if improvements can be done at Budge Lane. Will share plans if can’ is ongoing.
Other schemes in the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee area that came under discussion were not specific to cycling.
Wrythe Lane (between Welbeck Road and Muschamp Road) [Open Street Map]: The update given: Complete. (However, the text with the update remains as “Preliminary proposals prepared”. Test should have read “refuge island complete”. This 2017-2018 scheme relates to tactile paving installations at some side roads (but no Copenhagen style crossings), and a new pedestrian refuge island south of Welbeck Road. All this space [Google Streeview] but the road is set to remain totally hostile for cycling.
London Road / Goat Road junction (Wandle Valley, and just into the London Borough of Merton) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] . Now a 2018-2019 scheme, at the feasibility stage. Given that there was a fatality close to this location in April 2014 (as reported here by the Sutton Guardian) and a collision in which two people were hospitalised in April 2017 (again, Sutton Guardian reports here, London Road / Goat Road intersection needs to be given the top priority. (April 2018: “Officers have started to collect data, and designs will be shared later in the year”. July 2018: “HW to work with Merton on. Traffic, topographical surveys being commissioned”. London Road A237 is an extremely hostile road for cycling, and there have been issues particularly for those cycling southbound and wishing to turn right into Goat Road. Therefore, the sooner this junction is improved, the better. There is plenty of space. [Our Space for Cycling ward ask for Wandle Valley has more on London Road (A237)].
Green Wrythe Lane / Waltham Road (St Helier) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] New for 2018-2019. “Proposed zebra crossing. Informal consultation July/August 2018”. [Essentially taken two years from the time of making the request to the time getting the facility.]
No report on Denmark Road (The Wrythe) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview], or Camden Road (The Wrythe) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. Both 2016-2017 schemes which have presumably have been dropped as a result of being perceived as all too difficult because they would require changes to parking in order to implement.
Outside the remit of the LIP: New Mill Quarter, Hackbridge, the former Felnex site [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. Essentially, Sutton Council and the developers of the site have let us down badly on this new development. Some background, with updates (that go nowhere), in Felnex redevelopment – an acid test for cycling. ACTION from January 2018: ‘LG to raise issue with Felnex developers’. Response April 2018: ‘Email has been sent to developers with concerns listed‘. No further mention July 2018.
The big (potentially very big) projects for the Sutton Local Committee area are the Quietways and the Liveable Neighbourhood bid. See ‘Other news’ above for the status on these at the present time.
The following non-cycling specific schemes for the Sutton Local Committee, appeared on the ‘schemes update’ documentation.
Sutton High Street / Angel Hill (by Vermont Road, Sutton Common Road, All Saints Road) (Sutton North) Open Street Map and Google Streetview. The status for this 2016-2017 scheme, a project to install a signalised, staggered, pedestrian crossing, is ongoing. The update is that the work is programmed for the summer. A study was carried out in 2015/16, but it is hoped that by the time the scheme goes ahead, the design will be for a straight-across, rather than staggered, crossing.
Rose Hill between Rosehill Park West and Waverley Avenue (Sutton North) [Open Street Map]. Status for this 2017-2018 scheme: Complete. The update (old text): “This section of highway has seen 13 accidents within the last 3 years. The road has a 30mph speed limit with an average carriageway width of 9m. It is a bus route and future tram route with a pelican crosiing near the parade of shops. (The April 2018 update had read: “Tactile paving installations at some side roads complete. Refuge island widening to be completed during May 2018”. The 2014 Space for Cycling ‘ward ask’ for Sutton North included a request to provide protected space on Rose Hill, Angel Hill, the northern section of Sutton High Street and Sutton Common Road.
Collingwood Road between Oldfields Road (A217) and Bushey Road (Sutton North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] New for 2018-2019. “Speed reduction measures, safer route to Westbourne Primary School, improving crossing facilities”. [It is worth noting that this section of Collingwood Road was subject to speed reduction measures in 2013, when a 20mph speed limit was introduced].
Frederick Road / Alberta Avenue between St Dunstan’s Hill (A217) and Gander Green Lane (Sutton West) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] New for 2018-2019. “Speed reduction measures, junction treatments, traffic calming” (and potentially an opportunity to have a conversation with residents around low-traffic neighbourhoods).
Sutton High Street / Oakhill Road (Sutton North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] New for 2018-2019. “Junction improvement – accident reduction scheme”. [Noting that this junction, like Collingwood Road above, has been a location that has had “improvements” introduced in relatively recent times. In 2009, Sutton Living Streets responded to a “Local Safety Scheme for Sutton High Street“, which featured the Sutton High Street and Oakhill Road junction].
South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont
There are no specific cycling related schemes for the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont area.
Brighton Road / Cotswold Road junction (Belmont). [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. Originally a 2016-2017 LIP proposal (or even earlier), carried over to 2017-2018. Status: Ongoing. Update (essentially the same as that of April 2018, but with additional progress reported): “Phase 1 feasibility study was undertaken by Project centre. The brief was to look at the junction of Brighton Road / Cotswold Road / Chiltern Road due to possible changes to the area through the development of the Cancer Hub and new secondary school. The brief also included looking at the surrounding area to suggest possible infrastructure improvements to encourage sustainable modes of transport. “Stakeholder consultation September / October (2018). To be implemented in Summer 2019“. The new school (Harris Academy Sutton), is opening for pupils (Year 7) at a temporary building on an adjacent site this September (2018); work on the Cancer Hub has not began (awaiting funding), but another centre is being built. “Traffic signals may be the best option” was the news for this junction at the moment. [In 2014 we said we would like to see a major upgrade to the whole of Brighton Road, and we have been saying the same ever since (see ‘The idea of Space for cycling on Brighton Road gathers support‘)].
Sandy Lane by Burdon Road (Cheam) [Open Street Map] A 2017-2018 scheme. Status: Complete. Update: “Raised entry treatment at Peaches Close and raised table at existing traffic island in Sandy Lane. Completed March 2018”.
Grange Road / Worcester Road (Sutton South) [Open Street Map] A 2017-2018 scheme. Status: Ongoing. Update: “Scheme still to be agreed with councillors, so now delayed until May 2018. 20mph zone has been abandoned“. Apparently, the abandonment of 20mph is believed to be something to do with the cost of installing traffic calming. However, 20’s plenty for Us suggest that inexpensive traffic calming – signs, lines, staggered parking bays, planters etc – are often sufficient to ensure compliance (20 questions about 20’s Plenty answered). Certainly, speed cushions are not the way forward. Interestingly, Cllr. Hicks (Belmont, Conservative), in replying to a question about 20mph at the Sutton Civic Hustings held on 16 April 2018 (mentioned in the Notes from our June 2018 meeting), said that the issue here was less to do with speed and more to do with too much traffic using side roads as opposed to the main roads. We agree, and say bring on low-traffic neighbourhoods. We subsequently wrote to Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey on 19 August 2018, providing evidence in support of 20mph. Despite the abandonment of 20mph in this area of South Sutton, it does look as though 20mph speed limits are being introduced across more areas of the borough at this time – the rate of conversion is speeding up. [Our Space for Cycling ‘ward ask’ for Sutton South related to the provision of quieter routes for cycling in the area by discouraging through traffic on residential roads. Whether the proposals for Grange Road / Worcester Road helps with that remains to be seen].
Banstead Road South (Belmont) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] New scheme for 2018-2019. Stage: feasibility. Update: “Designing a scheme to reduce vehicle speeds”.